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Why do trains leave at such crooked times?

Question by Guest | 15/05/2018 at 10:33

I am regularly taking the train and I noticed that my trains always come at extremely crooked times. So for example 13:27 or 14:03.

Who came up with this timetable? Is there a reason for that? Why not just say that the train arrives at 13:30 and 14:00. That would be much easier to remember.

Incidentally, this phenomenon affects not only my station, but others as well. I went to a train station in another city and looked at the timetables there. The trains and suburban trains arrive there at exactly the same odd times. Only rarely there is a reasonable time. Do not really understand what the train operator has thought.

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The reason for that crooked times for departure and arrival have a very practical cause.

Imagine a train leaving at 14:00 and needing 7 minutes to the next station. We would be at the second station with an arrival time of 14:07 clock. If the train continues after a stop of say 2 minutes, we would have a departure time of 14:09. If this train then needed 5 minutes to the next station, we would have again a crooked time at 14:14 clock.

The alternative, of course, is that the train always stops in the station for the next full half hour (or even until the next 10 minutes) to get reasonable times on the timetable. That would cost unnecessarily much time. Personally, therefore, I prefer to remember the crooked times rather than to travel this way.

The operator is obviously thinking the same, so we have due to the different travel times between the stations those crooked departure times.
15/05/2018 at 23:28

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